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BORDETELLA PERTUSSIS PCR (BPD)

Department: Molecular Infectious Disease
Test Synonym(s): BPD, Pertussis, Whooping cough
Test Components: PCR for Bordetella pertussis
CPT Codes: 87798
Methodology: PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction)
Reference Range: B. pertussis DNA not detected
Tube Type: 2 Dacron or polyester swabs on wire shaft
Specimen: Naso-pharynx source
Temperature: Room temperature: same day; Refrigerated: overnight; Frozen: longer than overnight
Stability: Send to lab immediately
Reasons for Rejection: Cotton swabs or swabs on wood or plastic shafts
Days Performed: Tuesday and Friday
TAT: 1 - 2 days
Special Instructions: Other sources or samples may be acceptable for this test. Please call the lab and check at 615-936-6435.

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